Where to Watch/Listen to Saturday's Big Kentucky Derby Preps

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Fans packed Keeneland Race Course for the 2015 Blue Grass Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire)

This Saturday, April 8, is the high point of the prep season for the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6. Three key prep races are scheduled: the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland; the $750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct; and the $1 million Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.

All three races offer 100 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby race schedule to the winner, virtually guaranteeing each horse a spot in the starting gate for the 143rd Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. They will be broadcast on NBCSN during a two-hour program airing from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

Post positions have been drawn for the Wood Memorial (5:52 p.m. Eastern), the Blue Grass Stakes (post time: 6:17 p.m. Eastern), and the Santa Anita Derby (6:30 p.m. Eastern). Here’s a rundown of horse racing television, radio, and online video coverage of these three Derby preps leading up to Saturday's action.

TV Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

April 8

"The Starting Gate" live on-site from Keeneland

10:30 a.m.

TVG

April 8

Live on-site coverage of Blue Grass Stakes day from Keeneland 

1 p.m.

TVG

April 8

Live broadcast of the Blue Grass Stakes, the Wood Memorial, and the Santa Anita Derby

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

NBCSN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 5 At The Races with Steve Byk: Pedigree and Tourney Talk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 5 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
April 5 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
April 6 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 6 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
April 6 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
April 7 At The Races with Steve Byk: Weekend Preview 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 7 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
April 7 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 8 Equine Forum 8 a.m. HRRN
April 8 Live streaming coverage of the Blue Grass Stakes, the Wood Memorial, and the Santa Anita Derby 4 p.m. HRRN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Online Video Schedule

Date Program Time Website
April 5 Santa Anita Derby, post position draw from Santa Anita Park 2 p.m. XBTV
April 8 Santa Anita Derby, live on-site coverage from Santa Anita Park 2:30 p.m. XBTV

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